Amy (Duggar) King is willing to open her home for the 13 Turpin children who were allegedly abused in their parents' Perris, California, home
Amy (Duggar) King is willing to open her home for the 13 Turpin children who were allegedly abused in their parents’ Perris, California, home — which has been dubbed the house of horrors.
The cousin of the famed large reality show family the Duggars tweeted supportive sentiments toward the Turpins on Monday, writing, “I just texted [my husband] Dillon and told him I wanted to adopt all 13 Turpin children.”
The Turpin children range in ages from 2 to 29. King is 31.
In a second tweet, she took aim at the parents of the children, David and Louise Turpin, who stand accused of torturing their own children.
“Anyone who can hurt animals and starve /torture children in any way need to be hung by their toenails. Watching the news just breaks my hear,” she wrote.
She tells PEOPLE that if she had the room and funds to do it, “I would completely adopt them and get them counseling so they can begin to heal.”
“My heart was broken after hearing what all they have been through,” she continues. “They need a home full of love and stability. I’m only 31 so it would be a huge undertaking for Dillon and I. But at least they would be safe and loved.”
She adds, “Dillon and I have a heart for hurting children. The Turpin children are in my prayers. It absolutely just breaks my heart.”
The “crazy” Duggar, as she calls herself on Instagram, knows what it’s like to come from a big family, as she is the niece of 19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, and is a cousin to all 19 Duggar children.
The Turpins have pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges against them including torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.
Earlier this month, the couple’s 17-year-old daughter escaped the home and called 911, telling police she and her siblings had been bound with chains and padlocks.
A California hospital official told PEOPLE it will be a long road to recovery for the 13 siblings.
“They have undergone a horrible period in their life,” said Mark Uffer, chief executive officer of Corona Regional Medical Center, where the seven adult Turpin children are now being treated.
The six minors taken from the home are being treated at a separate facility, Uffer said.
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“As I have talked to the nurses — some are the same ages as some of these people — I think every one of us has a sense of how fortunate we are in our lives that we never have had to endure what they have had to endure,” Uffer explained. “It is a very sobering experience to see.”
He told PEOPLE the adult children — five girls and two boys between the ages of 18 and 29 — “are actually pretty stable” considering what they have been through. “We are keeping them all together; we have tried to recreate a positive family environment for them so they are with their siblings, and they appear to be doing well in that environment,” he said.
She also described an instance in which her father picked her up by the throat.
“My dad was like, ‘Amy, did you brush your teeth?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah daddy.’ And he was like, ‘No you didn’t.’ And he picked me up by my throat, all the way up to the ceiling. He was like, ‘You will brush your teeth,’ ” said King, who revealed that the man behind the attack was her father. “And I was scared s—less.”
• With reporting by CHRIS HARRIS and EMILY STROHM